Friday's slate in the Big Ten Tournament featured the No. 1 seed Indiana Hoosiers falling victim to a last second shot from Michigan's Kameron Chatman, Purdue making short work of the Fighting Illini, Denzel Valentine's near triple-double in a win against Ohio State and a balanced offensive attack from the Maryland Terrapins in a victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Let's see how the action played out.
Game of the Day: Michigan Wolverines 82, Indiana Hoosiers 79
The No. 1 seeded Hoosiers struggled to contain Michigan's offensive attack in the first half, as the Wolverines benefited on their first five made field goals coming from five assists. Michigan point guard Derrick Walton Jr. did a tremendous jobs organizing the Wolverines and getting guys into position to make winning plays.
Michigan got off to a fast 8-2 lead thanks to big man Mark Donnal who capped off the run with four of the eight points. Junior Troy Williams sparked the Hoosiers in their comeback by creating momentum thanks to his never-ending energy. The 6-7 wing created offensive opportunities by getting steals and crashing in for rebounds. The lead changes went back and forth in the first half, and Indiana took a 37-36 lead into the break.
The two foes continued to trade leads throughout the second half, as both offenses couldn't sustain drawn out scoring drives. Indiana led by five points with 2:03 remaining. Duncan Robinson and Derrick Walton Jr. benefited off of free throws which ultimately helped sophomore Kameron Chatman knock down the game winning three pointer with no time remaining on the game clock.
Michigan was led by a balanced team effort in the scoring column, as four out of the five starters reached double figures. Zak Irvin led the way with 17 points and five rebounds. Muhammad-Ali-Abdur-Rahkman tallied an impressive 15 points, while Duncan Robinson and Mark Donnal each notched 12. The Wolverines quest for a tournament berth continues tomorrow as they take on the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET. The game will be carried on CBS.
Indiana featured three out of five starters in double figures, as Troy Williams led the way with 16. Senior Yogi Ferrell scored 14 and freshman center Thomas Bryant notched 13 points and seven rebounds. The Hoosiers will look to regroup for the NCAA tournament as projected 3-seed in the latest ESPN Bracketology.
-Maryland Terrapins 97, Nebraska Cornhuskers 86
The Maryland Terrapins implemented the early game plan of getting their interior players involved. The Terrapins guards looked inside to freshman Diamond Stone and Robert Carter Jr. early, which opened up easy looks for Jake Layman. The 6-9 senior forward benefited from interior double teams and knocked down three three pointers in the first 5:09 of the game. The Terps took a 12-9 lead into the under-16 media timeout.
Layman scored 14 of the team's first 20 points by the 11:29 mark of the first half. His four three pointers helped build a 20-13 lead at the under-12. Point guard Melo Trimble did an excellent job navigating pick and rolls and getting easy looks for Carter Jr. and Stone.
Nebraska hung tough throughout most of the first half, but the Terrapins hot shooting from the perimeter allowed the lead to blossom to 46-28 at the 4:30 mark of the first half. Maryland assisted on 14 of their 19 field goals at the 1:24 mark in the first half. Trimble's six assists helped make scoring opportunities easy for Jake Layman who led the way with 17 points in the first half, as Maryland entered the break with a 54-37 lead.
The Terrapins came out on a storm to continue the second half and got their interior scorers involved once again. Diamond Stone carved out space with ease in the second half which allowed for him to be the go-to scorer in the second half.
The Cornhuskers got within 13 midway through the second half, and managed to cut it to nine with less than two minutes remaining. Nebraska went on a 10-0 run which cut the lead to 92-86 with 54.6 seconds left. Maryland's conversion at the charity stripe ultimately allowed the Terrapins to climb ahead for good with a double-digit deficit.
Maryland had an amazing offensive outpour against Nebraska and were led by Jake Layman's 26 points and five rebounds. Diamond Stone had an impressive overall game with 23 points and eight rebounds, while Melo Trimble poured in 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, Robert Carter Jr. notched 13 and Rasheed Sulaimon contributed 10 to cap all five starters in double figures. The Terps shot an amazing 60.3 percent from the field and 59.1 percent from the perimeter. Maryland moves on to the semifinals for the second straight season and will face Michigan State in the second semifinal. The game will tip off at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
Shavon Shields' career came to a close Friday night with a 19 point performance. Former Kansas Jayhawk Andrew White led the way with 25 points, while Tai Webster totaled 17. The Cornhuskers finished their season 16-18 (6-12).
Coming off two convincing victories over Ohio State in the regular season, the Michigan State Spartans got off to a fast start in the opening minutes of the first half. Big Ten Player of the Year Denzel Valentine got involved in the action as he convincingly drove to the rim for scoring opportunities and forced the defense to collapse to kick out to open shooters. His seven points just five minutes into the game doubled up the Buckeyes 14-7. The scoring took a break heading into the under-12 media timeout, as Michigan State led 17-7.
The Spartans capitalized on excellent ball movement in the early stages of the first half. Through their six made shots nearly eight minutes into the game, Michigan State assisted on four of those six possessions. The offensive creativity from Valentine opened up opportunities for freshman Deyonta Davis, as he was able to position himself in the lane and receive assists from Valentine. The Spartans continued their excellent offensive possessions to help build a 25-19 lead at the under-8 timeout.
Ohio State hung tough despite intense defensive pressure for the Spartans. Freshman point guard JaQuan Lyle set the bar awfully high for himself on Wednesday, and was only able to muster seven points in the first half as the Buckeyes fell into a 33-26 deficit at halftime.
The second half started off in an abysmal way for the Buckeyes as Michigan State converted on consecutive three point attempts to push the lead to double digits. Deyonta Davis established himself as an interior force on both ends of the court which made scoring down low nearly impossible for Ohio State. In just a matter of minutes, the Spartan lead ballooned to 51-32 with 13:37 left.
Michigan State was never seriously challenged the rest of the second half as they cruised to victory. The Spartans almost had all five starters score double figures, but were led by Denzel Valentine's 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Eron Harris notched 13 points, Deyonta Davis totaled 12 and Matt Costello scored 10. The Spartans move on to the semifinals were they will face
Ohio State struggled all night, but were led by JaQuan Lyle who was the lone Buckeye in double figures with 10. An NCAA tournament berth is unlikely at this point, but the young Buckeyes could be primed for an NIT bid after a 20-13 season.
-Purdue Boilermakers 89, Illinois Fighting Illini 58
The Illinois Fighting Illini looked to continue their march in the Big Ten Tournament after knocking off the Iowa Hawkeyes on Wednesday, and came ready to compete against the towering Boilermakers. The game started off back and forth - similar to the Indiana and Michigan game - as both programs went back and forth and exchanged the lead on multiple occasions.
Purdue managed to build a double-figure lead in the midway mark of the first half thanks to senior big man A.J. Hammons and three point specialists Dakota Mathias and Ryan Cline coming off the bench to create some breathing room for Matt Painter and company. The Boilermakers benefited from shooting 5-for-11 from the perimeter en route to a 45-25 halftime lead.
The second half turned into a demolition for the Boilermakers, as they quickly picked up where they left off in the first half and managed to put away the Illini without any hesitation. The three point barrage continued with the Boilermakers converting on
The Boilermakers were led by a host of players who notched at least 10 points in the scoring column. Sophomore Isaac Haas led the way off the bench with 16 points. Vince Edwards tallied 14, Caleb Swanigan and Dakota Mathias poured in 11 and A.J. Hammons tallied 10 points and eight rebounds. Purdue will advance to the semifinals where they will battle the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on CBS.
Illinois was led by big man Maverick Morgan who had a solid offensive game with 17 points, where the duo of Malcolm Hill and Kendrick Nunn combined for 29 points - Hill had 16 and Nunn had 13. Illinois finished the season with a 15-19 (5-13).